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Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten


Capistrano Unified School District began offering the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program in the fall of 2012. To qualify, students must turn five years of age between September 2nd and December 2nd of the current school year. Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program provided for in the SB 1381 legislation or the Kindergarten Readiness Act 2010. Transitional Kindergarten is offered only at select school sites throughout the District. At the end of the Transitional Kindergarten year, students will matriculate to their home schools for regular kindergarten. 

For more information, please contact Debbi Keeler, Director, Early Childhood Programs at (949) 234-5341.

2019-2020 transitional kindergarten

The age requirement for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for the 2019-2020 school year includes children who will turn 5 years of age between September 2 - December 2, 2019.  The registration process for TK includes the following steps:

  • Submit the 2019-2020 Intent to Register in Transitional Kindergarten form to the  Early Childhood Programs office (NOT the school site office) by email to  A link to the Intent to Register in Transitional Kindergarten form is listed below.
  • Students whose Intent to Register forms are received after February 14, 2019, will be placed in a TK class on a first-come/first served basis, based on availability, and after the initial assignments have been completed.
  • The placement letter that is sent home outlines the next steps to be taken in the registration process.  This placement letter must be submitted to the assigned school site, along with the other required documents, in order to complete registration.

According to CUSD Board Policy (BP 6170.1(a)): upon the request of a student's parents/guardians, the District may admit into the TK program a child whose fifth birthday is between June 1st and September 1st. Requests may be made by parents/guardians by submitting an Intent to Register in Transitional Kindergarten form.  Requests will be considered only after TK numbers are confirmed for the coming school year.  Parents/guardians will be notified when  an opening occurs and placement is possible.  Consideration will be given to requests provided:

  • Sufficient openings exist for TK eligible students to enroll during the school year.
  • The Superintendent or designee determines that placement is in the child's best interest along with assessment data that supports this decision.
  • If the child has a current IEP, before enrollment is confirmed an IEP meeting will need to be held to discuss placement options and recommendations for TK.
  • A child's fifth birthday is on or after June 1st; priority will be given to the child whose birthday is closest to September 1st.
  • The parents/guardians of a kindergarten eligible child who is enrolled in TK must sign a Kindergarten Continuance Form upon entrance to TK verifying that they agreed to have the child continue in kindergarten the following year.

The District will not admit into the TK program a child whose fifth birthday is after December 2; but, recommends enrollment in one of the Early Childhood Programs' preschool classes.  For information on preschool classes, please call (949) 234-5341.  For more information regarding the Transitional Kindergarten Program and/or the registration process, please call (949) 234-5342 or send an email to 

TK Locations:
  • Don Juan Avila Elementary – Aliso Viejo
  • Bathgate Elementary – Mission Viejo
  • Truman Benedict Elementary – San Clemente
  • Chaparral Elementary – Ladera Ranch
  • Esencia Elementary - Rancho Mission Viejo
  • Hidden Hills Elementary - Laguna Niguel
  • Kinoshita Elementary – San Juan Capistrano
  • Ladera Ranch Elementary – Ladera Ranch
  • Las Flores Elementary – Rancho Santa Margarita
  • Marblehead Elementary – San Clemente
  • Moulton Elementary – Laguna Niguel
  • Philip Reilly Elementary – Mission Viejo
  • Tijeras Creek Elementary – Rancho Santa Margarita
  • George White Elementary – Laguna Niguel
  • Wood Canyon Elementary – Aliso Viejo